Cars flattened and buildings collapse in devastating Croatia earthquake
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake has hit Croatia, causing extensive damage within the country.
Pavle Kalinić, head of the Zagreb Office of Emergency Management, has warned residents not to return indoors after the devastating quake.
Despite the disaster, Croatia's Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic has urged people in the streets to keep social distancing themselves as the country struggles to the contain coronavirus spread.
So far, the country has reported 206 cases of coronavirus and one death.
The earthquake has damaged buildings, with falling debris crushing cars in the middle of the streets.
A spire of the historic Zagreb cathedral also partially collapsed and streets have been filled with rubble.
Many residents were awoken from their sleep when the earthquake hit just before 6.30am local time.
A powerful aftershock rocked the country's capital city of Zagreb about 30 minutes later.
Experts said the quake struck at a depth of six miles just north of Zagreb and had an initial reading of 6.0, which was later downgraded to 5.3.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) registered the quake at a magnitude of 5.3, followed by another 5.1 magnitude earthquake.
Croatia's seismologist Ines Ivancic said the tremor was strong and the internet was down in some areas.
A witness said: "It lasted over 10 seconds. By far the strongest I have ever felt."
The earthquake was also felt in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovenia, and Austria.
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